Tuesday, August 08, 2006

TELL IT TO THE JUDGE

March 8, 2007

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MY MOTHERS HANDS (written November 28, 2006)


I looked across the table at my Mother stirring her coffee. Around and around, the spoon clinking against the sides of the mug. She had a dreamy look on her face as she was drifting into the past, telling me about her mother who was an astute investor. We were talking about things that are sad, yet inevitable. Probate, inheritance tax, estates, selling rare books on the Internet.

I squeeze the prospect that she is preparing to leave this earth and arrive in heaven (where God will meet her along with St. Peter at the pearly Gates) out of my mind, my thoughts, my reality.

I know she will live forever. I live in denial. I like it here.

In her hands I see my own. My own hands foreign, hers so familiar. Those hands that first held me, cleaned up the messes, chased me around with a paddle, soothed an illness with jello and chicken noodle soup, rags soaked in alcohol ice water and applied to a feverish forehead, grip the steering wheel at 10 and 2, hold a rosary, hand out the dollar bills to the grandchildren, moped up the blood from a head gash my brother so proudly presented to her, "LOOK MOM!! BLOOD!!!".

Those hands that were the center of attention right before her by-pass surgery of several years ago. My brother and I stood over her as she lay moments from the operating room, pleading with her to allow the orderly to cut off her rings, her wedding band and engagement ring, the irish claddagh ring. So long she had kept them on, they could not slide over her knuckles. She shed a tear as they took them off and handed them to us.

I held them though out that excruciating day. A day of 14 hours that seemed like 14 million hours.

Until the doctor came and escorted us into a room and told us she was okay.

I burst into tears of relief, so afraid that he was going to deliver bad news.

Those hands, laid out on the table on either side of the coffee mug, rings in their rightful place, are looking so much like mine anymore that it scares me and soothes me at the same time.

I reach out and squeeze them.


TELL IT TO THE JUDGE (written after receiving a $300 traffic violation at a trap)

A life time ago..maybe not that long ago...when I was in Business School at UofL I took a class called LOGIC that has been the back bone of most everything in my life since.

Why? Because the lessons I learned I use almost every day since.

For example, in writing and thinking things through...

A hypothesis...

Three supportive statements

A summary and conclusion.

When that damn police trap snared me in their insidious trap I was so F****** angry that I made the police officer follow me until I was calmed down enough to stop. I wondered about "resisting arrest".

When he examined my license and asked if the address was correct all I could think of was that it was an Indiana issue and I began to see red. I could only spit out through clenched teeth was the answer "Yes", followed by " ...and I HATE INDIANA."

Hypothesis....I HATE INDIANA

Supportive statements...

1) Last week I answered a call from a customer that demanded my company deliver some product that we "claimed" to be out of stock on. It was Friday afternoon. My drivers are union. I contacted the warehouse and found that we had three of the so called seven he ordered. I went and had it loaded into my vehicle and I delivered it. When I arrived at the account, two men who where painting the front area watched me carry in not once, not twice, but three times carry 30 pound packages of dead weight into the bar.

Never would that have happened in the South. Those men would have immediately asked if they could help and relieve me of the burden instead of just...watching me.

What is up with Indiana men? What is wrong with this picture?

Has women's lib taken hold so violently that real men can not even hold open a door. Which they did not....I propped it open with a chair.

Damn I was so bent out of shape if they had even asked to help I would have just given them the death ray glare.

Rudeness and reverse male chauvinism is alive and well in North East Indiana.

2) It is so flat and nondescript that the words have not yet been invented to describe it's ugliness. This being my second summer here, I have realized what a peril it is to actually live in the "corn belt". Everything from the stink of fertilizer to the scary realization that the water table is so poisoned by insecticides and nitrogen that I am forced to examine everything I eat and drink in this area.

And I am paying about 10 to 20 percent higher (for everything) to be silently and violently harmed. The food is priced so much higher than in the South....certainly housing is lower and I know why.... No one wants to live here!! They can give the real estate away for all I care!!

Every where I go the streets are torn up in the area I live.

I received a water bill. It was a tick under $70. The water part? 14 dollars. (I pay for garbage collection separately). I called the city to ask WTF. I was told that I had received a 66% increase because the city had to install new sewer lines because "some houses" were experiencing sewer back ups.

Wouldn't it be cheaper for our community as a whole to buy them out and relocate them????????

This is the corn belt for God's Sake, why is produce so F****** high???

Why is gas 20 cents higher than Columbus and (what I discovered while in TN) 50 cents higher than Knoxville??

Because our housing is so much lower "they" ( those F****** who make and keep all the money) think they can charge us higher prices than the rest of the nation?

3) There is a lack of culture here that makes me insane. If I want to see Shakespeare in the Park, I must go to South Bend. If I want to see a good concert I must travel to Chicago or Detroit or Indianapolis. Art gallery...forget about it. There is no Bravo station on cable. Nor IFC. How I miss Dinner for Five.

For a city that is about two hours away from everything heavenly, it certainly lacks any sort of sophistication that could possibly seep into town via the "rivers" (they look like creeks to this country girl)

So in a nutshell, that Cop pushed me over the edge and made me realize that I hate this place and I have been keeping a brave front because that is what one must do to survive.

Conclusion.

...If you want to live in a nondescript,overpriced, dangerous and uncultured hell hole, Ft Wayne is the place for you!

The Cop....when I told him I was pushed through that light which turned yellow and then red because those in front of me slowed down....and if I had stopped the vehicle behind me would have rear ended me....

"Tell it to the Judge" he instructed me.

I have much sympathy for Mel Gibson. Thank God I was not drinking.

11 comments:

Paul said...

Sing it wih me..."Indiana wants me...Lord, I can't go backe there"

Cynthia said...

I'd be ranting too. Here's wishing you some hills, clean water and some decent cable.

Bushwick Bill said...

I'm sorry you don't like Fort Wayne, but many of us natives rather do like it here. We even have a fondness for the flatness.

I won't try to convince you of our merits--you're already filled with hate. I'd just suggest strongly that you seek work elsewhere and quickly--life's too short to be somewhere you don't like.

CoffeeBigPlz said...

...and this is why there are so many bars in the Fort.

Anonymous said...

Just a thought... perhaps the guys in the bar had seen a little of your attitude before deciding to let you handle it yourself.

Life's too short to hate.

unhinged said...

Well, as a Fort Wayne native, I totally understand how you feel and I was born and grew up there. But I don't think what you went through is just an Fort Wayne or Indiana-rooted thing. (I do hate the cops there, though. I think the flatland and the seeing miles thing drives them crazy and as a result, they abuse their authority. Uckerfays.)

You had a bad day, Mary. And you're not at home yet. And there are plenty of creeps the world over. There are a lot of female creeps where I am and for some reason, they seem to be harder for me to tolerate ...

Lisa :-] said...

Prize-winning vent, my dear! I could never be so eloquent in anger... :)

Anonymous said...

Leave as soon as possible. Pack today. Hurry.

Anonymous said...

Culture? I'm sure Lexington is just swimming with culture. Puh-LEEZE

Betty Boob said...

Sorry you had such a bad day, I really am. But if you want to see non culture come my way, about an hour West of Ft Wayne and we watch the cows tip over at night for our entertainment. Maybe we have a little more excitement then that. But hopefully you find happiness here or maybe Indy is calling your name. Smile :0)

JYx70 said...

Seems to me like you fit the "Fort Wayne" ideal. Mentally and socially frustrated woman that takes it out on non-deservers. At least you have learned to use your words and not resulted to physical abuse yet.
I suggest forming a nitting circle with all of the other frustrated Pro-libbers who don't enjoy what their momma's gave them. You either want to be treated the same way men treat other men or you want men to treat you like women when ever it fits your necessity at the time. It's obvious you don't have issue mentally or verbally assaulting men when they don't behave the way you expect, would it be fair then for a man to do the same to you?
I am a kind PERSON to others that are kind to me, or around me. I hold the door for most people entering or leaving with me, but I am also rude to others who appear rude. I tell my children..."Treat others the way you want to be treated, if you treat others like s..t then that means you WANT to be treated like s..t."
Use that logic you learned to analyze yourself to find the faults in your behaviors, start with what you find disturbing in others. It is most often the case that you display those behaviors you don't like in others. Funny how that works.
I don't like the fact that Fort Wayne has so little culture to offer, but I do like the fact that we live in a low crime, friendly and clean community. I don't mind the travel to the overpopulated, dirty and violent "Big Cities" to get my fix of culture once in a while. Head on back to the "Dirty South", maybe Atlanta. I wonder what complaints you'll come up with there.